The two Koreas have finalized their agreement about a joint committee that will manage the Kaesong Industrial Complex. A Unification Ministry official on Wednesday said the agreement was reached through the inter-Korean hotline and added that representatives from the two sides only need to sign the documents now.
Once the joint committee is formed, the Koreas will be able to hold meetings on a regular basis and oversee the management of the business park together. Once the joint committee holds their first meeting, it is likely to be only a matter of time before operations resume at the Kaesong complex.
But North Korea expressed regret that South Korea proposed holding talks on resuming package tours to Mt. Kumgang only once cross-border family reunions have been completed, and asked Seoul to reconsider.
On Tuesday, Seoul offered to meet on Oct. 2 -- a counterproposal to the North's request for talks at the end of this month or at the beginning of September.